Pole Expression founder Jennifer Wilkins blazes an alternative path to fitness by formulating pole-based workouts that are as fun as they are functional. A fitness columnist for Pole2Pole magazine who's also been on its cover, Wilkins has a strong industry presence that's won her and her method awards in Pole Dance International magazine for Best Instructor and Best Training Method. She's also a sponsor and a judge at the nation's largest pole-dancing championship.
Eschewing pole-bound acrobatics in favor of muscular isolations, the studio’s signature JW Pole Fitness classes utilize the signature support beam as a prop to help create muscle stability and burn calories, all without risk of injury. Because it doesn’t involve spins or inversions, the JW method is appropriate for students of any fitness level, and can even be employed to assist those overcoming injury or a childhood fear of lampposts. For those looking for a higher-energy exercise routine, pole-dancing classes exalt feminine curves through a graduated program that guides dancers from grounded moves to gymnastics-inspired toning to the saving of flags stuck high atop the Space Needle.
More traditional fitness comes in the form of Turbo Kick and yoga, which fosters flexibility through aligned posture and held poses, as well as Pilates classes, during which instructors target the torso's core muscles to boost bodily stability without fashioning toe rings made of lead. Check the studio's class calendar for a schedule of upcoming sessions.
Unlike jumping onto a treadmill, Fit Club Utah’s exercises require a little briefing. The instructor may explain, for example, just what one does with the giant sledgehammer resting on a recalcitrant-looking truck tire. But once the tutorials are through, students jump into high-octane action, swinging the hammer through the air and flipping the tire end over end to build rippling muscle and amp up cardio strength. To keep the sessions engaging, instructors create new routines, filled with box jumps and sprinting, and modify exercises to each client’s individual fitness level or desire not to sweat in their workout tuxedo.
Sean Keil, the founder of Renaissance Movement LLC, discovered parkour at the ripe old age of 12. Eschewing his history as a professional dancer, he followed parkour full-force, traveling extensively to train with top parkour masters and even some of the inventors of the sport. Together he and his staff have developed a community in which they help students develop the necessary skills, both physical and mental, to practice the discipline of parkour in a safe environment.
The certified instructors at RPM Dance Studio turn up Latin-infused dance beats to inspire movement during Zumba, Zumbatomic for Kids, and samba classes. Repeat customers and referrals flock to the dance emporium for Zumba’s one-hour lessons in repetitive, easy-to-follow steps that burn calories faster than trying to lift weights with the eyebrows. Young ones work off extra energy and learn healthy habits in Zumbatomic for Kids, and samba lessons teach the art of the Brazilian dance form. Once a month, the studio doubles as a boutique that sells fitness clothing, and occasional Zumba-themed special events let revelers practice in a loose, celebratory setting.
Brawling Beauty Burlesque puts a twist on the otherwise sassy dance styles offered at Pole Expressions with burlesque. Students don heels that they can dance in as an instructor Racheal Williams leads them through group or solo lessons, which tailor to those who may be shy with their skills at first. Advanced students, however, exude confidence, especially when dressed in the class’s requisite uniform: heels, bra top, bottoms, and thigh-high stockings. Williams also teaches parties and hosts girls’ night out events.
You know you're in for a more intimate fitness experience when you enter Thebodybar(re). Instructors create separate regimens to suit every skill level and can customize exercises for people with previous injuries. Although no dance experience is required, the workout is inspired by ballet and combines precise movements to strengthen flexibility and balance. With hundreds of variations to the traditional Bodybar(re) exercises, you'll never do the same routine twice.